Disordered Eating & Eating Disorders

Gaining and Maintaining a Healthy Relationship with Food

If you answer yes to any of the following you may benefit from working with a dietitian :

  • Have a fear of certain foods or food groups
  • Constant yo-yo dieting
  • You’ve been diagnosed with an eating disorder or think you have anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia
  • You may not be sure if you have an actual eating disorder but you know you have some unhealthy habits around food and/or exercise
  • All you can think about is food during the day
  • The thought of your next meal and eating gives you anxiety
  • Your relationship with food is all-or-nothing, meaning you’re either “on” or “off” with your eating plan
  • Your mood swings based on how you feel about weight and body image
  • You over-exercise, especially around times when you feel you might have eaten too much or ate something that wasn’t what you planned to eat
  • You think you should “be on a diet” and have bad body image but know deep down diets don’t work
  • You just have no idea how to eat.
  • You’re in recovery for an eating disorder and want to make sure you get the support you need

* If you answered yes to any of these for your preteen/teen, they will also benefit from working with a dietitian

How Nutrition Preferred Helps:

  • We provide assistance in planning meals and snacks
  • We teach you how your body works and increase your knowledge of metabolism so you can gain trust in your body
  • We teach you about your hunger and satiety cues and what they really mean
  • We provide nutrition education once we figure out together what you want to work on
  • We help you understand eating disorder thoughts and behaviors
  • We talk about body image and what that means to you
  • We talk about food and feelings and how to understand emotional eating
  • We take down diet culture so you feel confident in what you eat

Number of Sessions Recommended for Long Term Success:

The number of sessions needed will be based on where you are in your journey with gaining and maintaining a healthy relationship with food. Usually an initial with at least 5-10 follow ups weekly or twice a month is recommended.

To learn more about services, what each session entails, and costs/insurance, go here.

To book, email nutritionpreferred@gmail.com or book directly here!

Disordered Eating Defined

A descriptive phrase to describe a person’s eating habits that are “not normal” yet not a diagnosed “eating disorder”. Examples may include yo-yo dieting, rigid food rules and exercise patterns, emotional eating, feelings of shame when eating certain foods or skipping exercise, obsession with food getting in the way of living life, and having anxiety about body image related to eating and exercise. Disordered eating can also fluctuate in intensity and many people don’t recognize that disordered eating can be problematic.

Eating Disorders Defined

A psychological disorder characterized defined by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s physical or mental health. Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, and rumination disorder are all examples. An eating disorder is a diagnosis.